Special Issue "Synthesis and Application of Antimicrobial Nanomaterials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Interests: materials science; metal oxide nanoparticles; titanium dioxide; sol–gel synthesis; hydrothermal synthesis; photocatalysis; antibacterial nanomaterials; plant polyphenols
The rapid adaptation of microorganisms to conventional antibiotics requires the continuous design and production of new antimicrobial agents. This human fight against bacterial pathogens frequently leads to the selection and emergence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains in the community and hospital environments. Since the proportion of MDR bacterial infections is alarmingly increasing year by year, novel approaches are required to effectively handle this global healthcare problem. The effective control of pathogens is of great importance not only in the health care system but also in food safety. Several dangerous microorganisms, including some MDR strains, can contaminate the food chain and evoke foodborne diseases. The number of these cases is estimated to be 600 million per year worldwide. Thus, antimicrobial surfaces play key role for transporting or packaging foods. Besides killing the human pathogens, the inactivation of phytopathogenic microbes is also a big challenge. At present, a large amount and a wide range of chemicals are used for plant protection. Resistant phytopathogenic microbes and inefficient protection against them cause enormous economic damage.
Consequently, it is necessary to develop advanced and effective materials against both human and plant pathogens. For this purpose, nanomaterials with high antimicrobial activity may provide an alternative solution. In recent years, diverse antimicrobial nanomaterials (AMI NMs) have been explored, and they have received a great deal of attention because of their high effectiveness. One of the largest groups of AMI NMs is comprised of those able to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS produced by photoinduced processes (photocatalysis) or indirectly even without the application of light (e.g., Ag, MgO NMs) are effective tools in the inactivation of pathogens. The investigation and exploitation of these unique nanomaterials have been constantly and dynamically growing in the fields of both medicine and agriculture.
In this Special Issue, we look forward to receiving the submission of high-quality and original research works which focus on advanced ROS-based antimicrobial nanomaterials against both human and plant pathogens.
The scope includes, but is not limited to:
- Chemical, physical, and “green” synthesis of AMI NMs;
- Reactive oxygen species generation by AMI NMs;
- Photocatalytically active metal-oxide-based AMI NMs;
- Noble-metal-based AMI NMs;
- Antimicrobial nanopowders, thin films, and coatings;
- Nanocomposites and surface-functionalized AMI NMs;
- Application of AMI NMs against human pathogens or phytopathogenic microbes;
- Efficacy comparisons of potential AMI NMs.
Manuscript Submission Information
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- multidrug-resistant bacteria
- foodborne pathogens
- phytopathogenic microbes
- antimicrobial nanopowders and coatings
- green synthesis
- reactive oxygen species
- photocatalytic disinfection
- functionalized photocatalysts
- noble metals.